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Providing Dental Implants for Allentown

What if you could combine the functionality and appearance of a full denture with the security of a dental implant? That is exactly the advantage of implant-retained dentures. Whether you are a long-time denture wearer or you are receiving dentures for the first time, Dr. Young or Dr. Enea can attach your dentures to dental implants, so you’ll never have to worry about your dentures slipping, clicking or even worse—falling out.

Implant retained dentures can be used to replace missing teeth along the upper or lower arches of teeth. They are most commonly used to secure dentures along the lower arch, because these dentures have a tendency to be less secure. However, we can provide an implant-supported denture for the upper arch, as well.

The Dental Implant Process

Once Dr. Young or Dr. Enea determines that you are a qualified candidate for implant-retained dentures, the process begins with a complete set of x-rays, so the dentist is able to see where best to place your implants. We’ll want to take advantage of the areas that offer the greatest bone density, so your implants will remain stable and firmly set. The dental implants are surgically set in your jawbone, and given a few months to bond with the surrounding bone tissue. During this time you will wear overdentures. After the implants have fused with your jawbone, you’ll return to Bradford Young to have your implant-retained dentures attached.

Types of Implant-retained Dentures

There are two types of implant-retained dentures: bar-retained dentures and ball-retained dentures. With bar-retained dentures, a thin and curving metal bar is secured to dental implants along your gums. Attachments on the bar or on the underside of the denture provide the connection between your dentures and dental implants.

A ball-retained denture is similar to any ball and socket attachment. Each implant in your jaw has a metal piece that fits into a corresponding attachment on the denture.

Caring for Your Implant-retained Dentures

Just like traditional dentures, implant-retained dentures require scrupulous cleaning for the sake of your oral health as well as the longevity of your dentures. Remove your implant-retained dentures every night and brush them with a soft brush and denture cleaner. Let them sit in a denture cleaning solution or water overnight—never let your dentures dry out.

In the morning and at night, brush your gums, tongue and the roof of your mouth to remove plaque and stimulate circulation. Implant-retained dentures do take some time to get used to, but once you’ve adjusted, we’re certain you’ll love your new smile!

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Dr. Young and Dr. Enea have over 30 years’ combined experience in family and restorative dentistry, and are proud to take care of patients in the Allentown, PAarea.